Israeli forces to demolish about 100 Palestinian homes

Israeli bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of soldiers and police moved in to Palestinian village of Sur Baher, to demolish about 100 homes in Wadi al-Hummus. The area is closed to the separation wall.

The Israeli military considers the homes close to the barrier – that criss-crosses the occupied West Bank-locally called as “apartheid wall” – a security risk.

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favour of the military last month – an act, Palestinians will set a precedent for other towns along the route of the barrier, which runs for hundreds of kilometres around and through the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Palestinians accuse Israel of using security as a pretext to force them out of the area as part of long-term efforts to expand settlements. All settlements on occupied Palestinian lands are illegal under international law.

They also point out that most of the buildings in Wadi al-Hummus area, located inside Sur Baher, are meant to be under the Palestinian Authority and civilian control under the 1993 Oslo accords.

Sur Baher, a Palestinian village on the edge of the occupied East Jerusalem, was captured and occupied by Israel in the 1967 war.

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